Way back in March (which seems like forever ago) when the State of Maryland began shutting down, and we were all trying to figure out how to continue, how to adapt, what to adapt to, and awaiting guidance from the Gov's office, and our REALTOR® Associations, I decided to use this time in the best way possible.
If I'm going to be stuck at home, I would do all the things. I would tackle my home improvement list. I would clean up my office. I would get all the continuing education done that is needed for the next license renewal - and then some! I truly had grand plans to do it all and more, to not only survive this pandemic, but to thrive, and to emerge with more certifications/designations behind my name, more knowledge, more tools, more energy...
Well.. fast forward to today. My house appears to be shrinking. I never got around to cleaning up my home office. There are more files on it now than ever before. I did take time to stay up-to-date on all developments, squeezed in a few webinars, and even earned one Certificate of Completion! It didn't go the way I had imagined: blissfully studying without distraction while sipping on a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or even a glass of wine - since I wouldn't have places to go, right? Wrong!
Instead of being able to 100% focus on the Real Estate Investing course, and others, I had to make a real effort to find the time to see it through! Instead of studying and researching the topic, I never stopped communicating with clients, researching market stats & activity, and listing the gorgeous properties I couldn't tell you all about when they were Coming real soon! Now they are sold, pending, or on the market with showings happening - virtually or (safely) in-person!
So here I am, a little bit more educated, but definitely thriving, cautiously optimistic, and very excited, as Maryland is about to enter phase 1 of the reopening plan. All my grand plans for all the time it turned out I would not have while Maryland's stay-at-home order was in effect, have already become a funny anecdote. But I really should tackle my home office!